Herbert Mark Swett

Herbert Mark Swett Herbert Mark Swett died at his home in Ridgecrest on Nov. 30, 2012, of esophageal cancer. He was 60.

A birthday memorial is planned for Friday, June 7, 2013, at 3 p.m., at the Heritage Village Clubhouse.

Born June 7, 1952, in Oakland, Calif., to Darwin and Marjorie Swett, Mark was one of six children. He spent his childhood years in Mexico, Honduras, Chile and South Africa. He graduated from high school in Annondale, Va., and earned a degree in chemistry at Dickinson State College in Dickinson, N.D.

Mark was a chemist, employed by the Navy at China Lake. He was a member of Cerro Coso Community College Foundation, China Lake Rotary Club and North Inyokern Air Force’s Fly By Nite outfit. He was a former member of the mine search and rescue team, a ham radio operator and someone who enjoyed building and flying airplanes. He was a member of both the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

A Ridgecrest resident since 1983, he retired from China Lake in 2008.

Mark and Kim Kuhn were married on Jan. 30, 1993.

He is survived by wife, Kim; mother, Marjorie Swett of Loveland, Colo., brothers John Swett of Loveland and Tom Swett of Lafayette, Colo.; sisters Coty Swett of San Francisco, Sharon Swett of Fort Collins, Colo., and Jeana Holme of San Ramon, Calif.; and one grandchild, Luke.

He was preceded in death by his father, Darwin Swett.

Story First Published: 2012-12-19